Published On: Thu, Aug 10th, 2017

Haircut 100 singer Nick Heyward on fashion secrets: My style is simple and relaxed


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In a mix of smart and casual, the pop singer always hits the right note

Nick’s navy linen jacket, blue-and-white stripe shorts and brolly are from one of his favourite shops, J Crew. He teams it with a blue shirt from H&M and Vans trainers

Nick looks the part in a J Crew bomber jacket, blue Lululemon Athletica T-shirt and AG jeans. He’s pictured with the Gibson 330 1965 Sunburst he’s been playing since 1997

Nick, 56, was frontman of 80s band Haircut 100. He has since enjoyed a solo career and released a new album, Woodland Echoes, last week. Nick says home in Britain is wherever his children, Oliver and Katie, are living. But he also spends a lot of time in the States.

How would you describe your style? Simple, relaxed, classic.

Which colours suit you best?

Blues, creams and browns, plus vibrant red, orange and yellow. Never pink.

Who and what were your style influences growing up? Marlon Brando, James Dean, Robert Redford and Paul Newman. But Dustin Hoffman, his preppy look in The Graduate, was influential.

The fact he drove an Alfa Romeo and wore an anorak and dark glasses did it for me. Today, it’s more George Clooney. He’s so cool.

Who styled Haircut 100? We all did – it was spontaneous. Musically, we had a distinct 80s sound, but our look was traditional English with a dash of preppy American. Hackett was our favourite shop but we’d raid Kensington Market for shirts, ties, waistcoats, braces, cricket and Fair Isle sweaters. C&A was another haunt. 

Have you kept the clothes you wore onstage? I’ve got the polo boots I bought in Bond Street. 

I spent my first cheque from the publishing company in that shop. We got £4,000. There were four of us in the band so we had £1,000 each. I’ve kept most of the accessories – the fisherman’s hat, the tiepins, ties and bow ties.

Haircut 100 were known for their hair. Who cut it? I used to go to John the Barber in Kensington. It was basically a short back and sides with a floppy fringe. I used to style it with Black & White hair wax. Decent barbers disappeared for a while but there’s a resurgence now.

What is the most outrageous costume you have ever worn onstage? A fisherman’s jumper, oilskins, waders and a sou’wester – big mistake. I sweated like a pig. 

Why do you think 80s fashion and music is enjoying a revival? It’s classic. Look at Ralph Lauren and Hackett. They do the English look so well – it never goes out of style. 

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Nick is ever the gentleman in this three-piece tweed suit by Alex James for Aubin & Wills. He completes the look with a Moss Bros shirt, Peckham Rye bow tie and Loake Chelsea boots

Clockwise, from top left: Nick loves to don a formal jacket for black-tie events. This one is from Moss Bros. He got the white dress shirt at H&M, while the bow tie is from Hackett 

Nick recently added this Paul Smith navy All Day Breakfast T-shirt to his collection. His check shirt is from J Crew

Among his favourite objects are the Animal-Speak Pocket Guide and Tao Te Ching books that go everywhere with him, a heart-shaped mood stone he got at the Hay Festival and the Victorinox Swiss Army watch and fossil cufflinks that were gifts from girlfriend Sara

A couple of the singer’s H&M silk-blend beige and grey Fred Perry style short-sleeved shirts are seen here along with his Sennheiser microphone and a copy of his recently released CD, Woodland Echoes 

Wherever Nick goes, this rucksack goes with him. He used the headphones while recording his album. His scarf is by Reiss and the bow tie is by Peckham Rye

Has your style evolved? Back then I wanted to look like an English gentleman, but I looked like a boy dressing up. Now I’ve grown into the look, it fits better and I probably carry it off better.

How do you keep in shape? I do a lot of yoga and go to the gym as much as I can. Eating less is the only diet I follow, the only one that works.

What is your favourite fashion era? Apart from the English gent, circa Brideshead Revisited, the mod period of the 50s/60s. Plus the early 80s and the 90s Britpop period.

What will you wear on your Woodland Echoes tour? It will be colourful because this album has been made with so much love and energy for the connection between man and nature. My son Oliver is the soundman. He’ll be with me onstage. 

Where do you shop for clothes now? J Crew and H&M. They are both so reasonable. 

Do you have a favourite designer? I love Hackett, but I can’t afford to shop there any more. Also Paul Smith.

Are you a hoarder or can you let go of stuff? I keep the clothes that really mean something, but I let go of other stuff. The one thing I wish is that I’d kept is my flat in London.

Are you a fan of vintage? Definitely. I like to mix and match modern with vintage pieces.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? I pretty much wear Chelsea boots or Barkers all the time. Plus Vans and Nike trainers or sandals on the beach. That’s it. 

When you want to look really sharp, what do you wear? A tuxedo. I have one from Moss Bros, which is the business.

Do you own anything made to measure? Not any more, my weight fluctuates too much. 

How much do you spend on clothes each month? I shop in bursts. Nothing for months then I might spend £300 to £400.

What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe? And best bargain? A jacket for £500 from Hackett was the most expensive; a pair of Chelsea boots for £50 the best bargain.

What is the oldest item in your wardrobe? My silk scarves. I’ve worn them forever.

What did you wear to your wedding and if you marry again, what would you choose? I wore a wing-collar shirt and bow tie with a classical, Edwardian-style suit. 

I’m hoping to get married again soon to Sara. We’ve been together since 2012. We’d both like to look really smart, in the kind of outfits you’d wear to a premiere.

Do you have a favourite accessory? My watch. Sara bought it for me for my birthday three years ago. It’s a classic Swiss Army watch. 

Which item of clothing couldn’t you live without? Dark jeans.

What is the most crushing remark anyone has made about your style? Someone once said I looked like Lofty in EastEnders. Lofty was the barman with a heart of gold. My dad used to be a barman, I was brought up in pubs, so perhaps that’s not so bad.

What clothing would you save from a burning house? Underpants. And I’d be wearing them. 

Nick’s album Woodland Echoes is out now. For information and tour dates, see nickheyward.com. 


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